The Oakland A’s outfield is finally healthy once again. The trio of Mark Canha, Ramon Laureano, and Stephen Piscotty are all back, giving the A’s their Opening Day outfield to start the second half. With Tony Kemp playing beyond expectations, and Seth Brown continuing to show tremendous power, outfield should not be a position of need.
But that is not the case. Piscotty has struggled again this season, producing a disappointing 72 OPS+ with five homers and seven doubles in his 163 plate appearances. Canha, while he has been the A’s primary left fielder, appears all over the outfield, making his position far less important. Kemp, likewise, is a utility player, getting time in the outfield and at second base.
Three trade targets for Oakland A’s in outfield
That does not change the fact that the A’s could stand an upgrade in the outfield. Such a move may be difficult, given that there are financial concerns this season. Likewise, Piscotty is due just over $7.5 million next year, and has a $15 million team option for 2023 with a $1 million buyout. While it is difficult to imagine a scenario where that option is picked up, his salary going forward could limit the A’s options.
The Oakland A’s could stand an upgrade in the outfield. Let us take a look at some cost effective options.
David Peralta has not performed to his usual standards, but he could be a viable option for the Oakland A’s.
Signed through the 2022 season, he is slated to make $7.5 million next year, a number comparable to Piscotty. It would potentially be worth the A’s time to include a better prospect in a deal for Peralta if they can include Piscotty’s contract, especially for the improved production and slight savings in terms of the coming year.
While Peralta has not performed up to his normal standards, he has easily outperformed Piscotty this season. He has produced a .253/.324/.391 batting line in his 336 plate appearances, hitting 18 doubles, four homers, and a major league leading six triples.
Peralta also has a degree of defensive versatility. While he has primarily appeared in left over the past few seasons, he does have 176 games of experience in right. It is not far fetched to imagine him getting playing time at both corner outfield spots for the A’s if he was to be acquired.
Although David Peralta has struggled this season, he would still be an upgrade for the Oakland A’s. He could even help the A’s move on from Stephen Piscotty’s contract.